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Long-Form News Pieces Prove Popular with Mobile Users

The media landscape has changed greatly in recent years with the rise of mobile internet, and many organisations now have a mobile-first focus. For media organisations, this has raised questions about what kind of news content consumers want on their smartphones - is the trend of short “snackable” content prevailing in this sector, or do mobile users want greater depth?

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Real-Time Analytics as a CRO Tool

Most webmasters understand how goal tracking, reporting and analytics tools can be useful for identifying problems with their websites and increasing their conversion rate. However, there is on tool that is often overlooked and that people view as a curiosity rather than something of real value, which is unfortunate given that it is such a powerful and flexible one. It is real-time analytics.

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BI and Data Analytics Market Growing

The Business Information and data analytics market is expected to reach $16.9 billion this year, but the amazing growth is not a guarantee of success for vendors. Companies are becoming increasingly sophisticated in what they want from their analytics, and only the vendors that offer the option to pull from multiple data sources are likely to achieve success.

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Essential “Laws” for Analytics and Data Mining

Analytics tools are now so common and so affordable that every business could - and should - be using them. However, big data is useless if you don’t use that data to ask and answer the right questions. One prominent data mining expert, Mr Tom Khabaza, has put together nine laws that he believes are the foundation of good analytics.

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Microsoft Releases R Server for Analytics

Microsoft recently released the R Server, a server based on software from Revolution Analytics and designed for use in statistical analysis. Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics in April of last year, and has released “Microsoft R Open” as a server for Windows, SUSE Linux and Red Hat.

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Google’s Universal Analytics Rollout Complete

Google began its rollout of Universal Analytics back in 2012 and has slowly but steadily been adding new features to the platform, but it was only at the end of 2015 that it completed the rollout, and automatically upgraded all users of the analytics platform from Classic to Universal Analytics.

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Analytics - Why Keeping It Simple Still Matters

Big data analytics has become a buzz-word in almost every industry. In many ways, the idea of analytics today is like the idea of having an online presence in the late 1990s. Everyone knows that it would be a good thing to have, but few people really understand why it matters and what it could do for them.

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Analytics in Retrospective - The Advances of 2015

This past year has been a big one for analytics, with some revolutionary advances in terms of how we track users as well as how we reach them. It’s not just the technology that has changed, either. The way that users engage with content has changed too, and people are now ditching their desktops to use mobile devices. In addition, whatever platform we are using, fewer and fewer of us are willing to wait for slide shows to load. We are an always connected generation, but one that is more demanding and less patient.

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Quantity vs Quality

It seems like a no-brainer doesn't it? I mean, if the question is "Would you rather have 1000 or 10,000 hits on your website?" who wouldn't choose the latter?

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How PR Reduced CANDDi's Sales Cycle

When Tim Langley, from website and prospect identification company CANDDi, was in the process of revising his marketing strategy, PR was in his opinion a ‘bit of an indulgence’. The company had tried a traditional approach to public relations in the past and ended up with lots of noise but very little in terms of ROI. Tim, a Cambridge mathematics graduate and digital entrepreneur, is a self-confessed geek with an analytical mind that looks for quantifiable returns from any investment.

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Could Power BI Rejuvenate Analytics?

Microsoft recently released Power BI, a browser-based platform for data visualization which is capable of pulling data from a range of other tools, including its own Dynamics CRM platform as well as Google Analytics, Twilio and Salesforce. Power BI is based in the cloud, and it assimilates data from several streams, producing graphs and charts for businesses to explore. It does this rapidly, without relying on old-fashioned relational databases.

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New Mobile-Friendly Google Algorithm Coming

Any business with a website offering payment processing should be pursuing all possible ways to maximise customer purchases. In a world where internet is increasingly accessed on-the-go, it is more important than ever to ensure crucial pages in an ecommerce site are optimised for mobile devices.

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Big Data and Analytics as a Service

A lot of organizations simply don't have the time, computing resources or expertise to handle big data processing in-house. They may have tried to take on some internal big data projects only to find that the expense of the project outweighs the benefits, or that they end up failing to meet important deadlines. Their lack of resources and expertise leaves them with the impression that analytics is a waste of time for their company.

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Why Even Small Brands Need Big Data

Big data is something that has been a core part of every enterprise strategy for a long time now, and the technology behind it is finally becoming accessible to smaller companies as well. We can expect to see some huge steps forward in the use of big data over the next year, with smaller companies being able to take advantage of analytics, tracking and sophisticated marketing techniques on a whole new level.

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Should You Explore Social Analytics?

The importance of web analytics is well understood. Tracking who comes to your website, when they come, how long they stay and what they do is essential if you want to optimize the performance of your site. However, that is not the only use of analytics. The most successful brands also use analytics for their mobile apps and for social media too.

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How Big Data Provides Better Insights

Big data and web analytics are becoming an increasingly important part of online marketing - not just for web-only businesses but for almost every company. Gartner predicted that by 2015 there would be around 4.4 million jobs in the big data industry, and that only one third of those jobs would get filled successfully. This puts companies in a difficult position. Can you find the talent to handle your analytics in-house, or should you outsource your analytics to companies that already have the right expertise? Should you be spending money on analytics at all?

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Efficient Ways to Calculate Your Return on Analytics

Analytics are not simply a “nice to have” part of a business plan; they are essential to the growth and sustainability of any business. They offer clear, hard facts and insights into the profile of and the behaviour of your customers. They allow you to get both quantitative and qualitative information about where your visitors come from, how they behave and the things that they like and dislike about your website.

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8 Search Engine Optimisation tips that drive web content

With more than 1 billion websites online today, how is it possible to ensure yours is the one customers go to when researching your products and services? There are a number of creative ways businesses are driving strong visitor traffic and we'll be covering these in later blog posts. But today we're focusing on the kings of the castle, search engine optimisation tips.

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Looking Beyond Web Analytics

When most people hear the word analytics, they immediately think of Google Analytics, Sitecatalyst, Alexa and other tools for gauging web traffic. The world of analytics is much bigger than this, and if you really want your online brand to succeed you should look beyond simple referrers, hits and visits and look at some of the other metrics that are out there. Here is a quick overview of some of the other analytics metrics that could be valuable for your business.

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The pros and cons of web analytics tools

Looking to make the most of your website? Then you need to be utilising web analytics tools. Besides everything, they can help you to understand who is visiting your site and why, so that when it comes to planning your sales and marketing activities, you can know who you're reaching out to, why and how.

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Do You Understand Why Shoppers Abandon Their Carts?

Search marketing is the process of getting people to come to a website, but what about once people are there? It takes a lot of research and user tracking to understand how people engage with a website, and it can take some tweaking and testing to figure out why users abandon their carts.

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Important Trends in Advanced Analytics

Imagine if you could predict product demand and price changes, understand how the changing seasons would affect your business and model possible scenarios that could benefit or threaten your business. That is exactly what big businesses are doing, and it’s something that smaller companies should be working on too.

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Small Businesses and Big Data

Even the smallest businesses are learning to take advantage of web analytics today, thanks to the power and ease of use of tools such as Google Analytics, but most businesses don’t realise that there is more to analytics than simply traffic sources and keyword data.

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Analytics Important for Social Media Too

Most businesses know that they should have a website and a social media policy, but it is all too common for SMEs, in particular, to simply nominate a tech-loving member of staff to take care of the company’s social media profiles, and to then forget about the issue of social media altogether. This is a big mistake, because it means that not only is there the risk of an off-hand comment or thoughtless retweet turning into a PR-disaster for the brand, but it also means that you could be missing out on some valuable traffic sources and information.

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Six Tips to Help Keep the Content Ideas Flowing

Posting to your blog on a regular schedule is important if you want to make sure that your visitors keep coming back. Google tends to favour sites that regularly post fresh content, too. These tips will help you to keep a steady supply of fresh ideas for content.

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Why Do People Matter?

If you want your website to perform well, then you will need to understand your visitors — why they come to your site, what they are looking for, how they use the site and the reasons that they leave. This is what analytics tools can help you with.

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Quantity vs Quality

It seems like a no-brainer doesn't it? I mean, if the question is "Would you rather have 1000 or 10,000 hits on your website?" who wouldn't choose the latter?

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